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GP Licensing with Active-Active 3320 Pair

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Each individual  3220 is licensed for 1024 GP sessions I believe. So if you have a pair in active-active HA does that mean you could have 2048 sessions? 

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L5 Sessionator

Both devices synchronize runtime info between them which means max should be 1024 (I think)

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Cyber Elite
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@MichaelMedwid,

The PA-3220 supports up to 1,024 GlobalProtect client tunnels or 200 clientless SSL tunnels, so you have that number correct, but that isn't due to licensing. The GlobalProtect subscription isn't done based off of users or sessions, once you have a license you have a license and it in and of itself doesn't have a user limit outside of the capabilities of your platform.

In an active/active configuration the number of supported connections depends on how you have it deployed. If you're using floating IPs for the gateways you won't gain any additional capacity, however if you don't utilize a floating IP on the gateways and deploy a gateway on each firewall you would have a max capability of 1024 tunnels active on one and 1024 tunnels on the either (2048 total). 

 

Generally speaking people use floating IPs for the Portal and Gateway, but you don't necessarily need too. If you had a floating IP on the portal and setup a gateway on each peer you would technically be able to support more GlobalProtect connections than you would otherwise. I don't generally recommend such a deployment because it's messier from an end-user aspect in the event of hardware outage. 

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L5 Sessionator

Both devices synchronize runtime info between them which means max should be 1024 (I think)

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

@MichaelMedwid,

The PA-3220 supports up to 1,024 GlobalProtect client tunnels or 200 clientless SSL tunnels, so you have that number correct, but that isn't due to licensing. The GlobalProtect subscription isn't done based off of users or sessions, once you have a license you have a license and it in and of itself doesn't have a user limit outside of the capabilities of your platform.

In an active/active configuration the number of supported connections depends on how you have it deployed. If you're using floating IPs for the gateways you won't gain any additional capacity, however if you don't utilize a floating IP on the gateways and deploy a gateway on each firewall you would have a max capability of 1024 tunnels active on one and 1024 tunnels on the either (2048 total). 

 

Generally speaking people use floating IPs for the Portal and Gateway, but you don't necessarily need too. If you had a floating IP on the portal and setup a gateway on each peer you would technically be able to support more GlobalProtect connections than you would otherwise. I don't generally recommend such a deployment because it's messier from an end-user aspect in the event of hardware outage. 

So you're saying that if the 1025th GP session hit the PAN it would likely work as well as the 1024th? (Individuals are using financial applications which use very little bandwidth.)

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